Senegal: MFWA urges Ghanaian President to fulfill promise

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) -The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has written to Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama urging him to fulfill his promise of taking action against his top aide, Mr. Stan Dogbe who assaulted a journalist last year.

“As a follow-up, the MFWA on 5  February 2016 wrote to remind the president that it has been six months since Mr. Dogbe assaulted the journalist, four months since the president was petitioned and almost three months since he promised to take action on the matter,” the press freedom watchdog noted in the letter, a copy of which was seen by PANA in Dakar, Senegal.

The letter called on the president to take the promised action in order to dispel growing public feeling that his assurance was a mere platitude rather that a genuine expression of intent to sanction Mr. Dogbe.

When the incident happened, the MFWA on 14 October 2015 mobilized 155 journalists from over 40 media organisations across Ghana to petition the president to sanction Mr. Dogbe, who is a senior officer at the Presidency.

Then in a letter dated 10 November 2015, Secretary to the president, Mr. Kwesi Quartey, said the president had taken note of the concerns raised in the petition, and promised that “due attention would be paid to the matter in the interest of protecting the reputation of the presidency.”

MFWA’s letter, which had all the 155 original petitioners attached as signatories, asked President Mahama to fulfill his promise as a way of demonstrating  “support for press freedom” and “commitment to fighting impunity for crimes against journalists.”

-0- PANA MLJ/AR 6Feb2016

06 february 2016 14:44:21

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